McLaren and VW have spoken about plans for F1, according to the British automaker
WOKING, England — McLaren have held talks with the Volkswagen Group, whose Audi and Porsche brands are linked to future Formula 1, but nothing has been agreed, according to team boss Zak Brown.
german newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that VW’s supervisory board will decide at the end of February whether Audi and luxury brand Porsche will enter the racing series.
Sources told Reuters late last year that a possible partnership between Audi and McLaren was on the table, but undecided.
“I hear they (Volkswagen) are going to do something with Red Bull on the Porsche front,” Brown told reporters at the McLaren factory.
“I think they’ve spoken with a handful of people on the grid and as you can imagine we’ve had conversations, but in the short to medium term we’re very happy where we are.”
McLaren currently uses engines supplied by Mercedes and Brown said that will not change until a new engine is introduced in 2026.
Red Bull took over Honda’s intellectual property after the Japanese manufacturer left at the end of last season and is creating its own powertrain company.
The agreement with Honda covers the duration of an engine freeze, which will run from this year until the sport introduces the next generation of power units.
Brown said McLaren would wait to see if the VW brands decided to take the plunge.
“I think it hasn’t been definitely decided and if they do [enter], we have a contract [with Mercedes] throughout this term,” he added.
“Naturally we will assess where we are and who is in the sport and make a decision on what we are going to do in 2026 in due course.”